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T20 World Cup: Rizwan & Malik declared fit for semi-final game against Australia

In what comes as a huge relief for Pakistan, opener Mohammad Rizwan and middle-order batsman Shoaib Malik have been declared fit by their medical team to feature in the crucial semi-final game against Australia of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021.

As both Rizwan and Malik were down with mild flu and fever and were forced to stay away from training on the eve of the game, there were doubts over their participation for the crucial contest.

Meanwhile, the duo have also tested negative for Covid-19 twice in three days.

According to a Espncricinfo report, both Pakistan batters woke up on Wednesday morning with what a team official described as “light flu and low fever”, and were advised to stay back in the hotel and were kept under observation. On the other hand, the rest of the squad members and support staff of Pakistan team went ahead with their training sessions at the ICC Academy premises.

Pakistan team Manager Mansoor Rana had earlier said that the players were feeling better and the management was hopeful that both of them will be in action on Thursday against Australia. “Rizwan and Shoaib want to play in the semi-final,” Rana had said.

Meanwhile, there was no Covid-19 scare in the team at any point and it is understood that the team management had expected Rizwan and Malik to be available for the game.

Significantly, both Rizwan and Malik have played a key role for Pakistan in the tournamnet so far. Especially attacking opener Rizwan is in great form as he has amassed 214 runs in five games while Malik has made crucial runs in the middle-order.

Malik’s 50 off just 18 balls against Scotland is the joint fastest in this World Cup with KL Rahul.

Until now, Pakistan have remained undefeated in the Super 12 stage of the tournament. The Green Brigade has defeated arch-rivals India, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Namibia, and Scotland in the league stage.

In a virtual press conference a day earlier before the game, skipper Babar Azam had said that he was confident that his side will carry their winning momentum and perform well against Australia in the semi-final contest on Thursday.

Babar had said that their were some minor flaws in all the matches which sometimes related to batting, sometimes bowling but he and the team management have tried to fix them all ahead of the do-or-die game against Australia.

The winner of the game between Australia and Pakistan will meet New Zealand in the summit clash in Dubai on November 14. The Kane Williamson-led Black Caps had defeated England by five wickets in the first semi-final in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday to enter the final of the showpiece event.

T20 World Cup: Pakistan scripts history; thrash India by 10 wickets

The Babar Azam-led Pakistan side scripted history on Sunday as the Green Brigade broke their World Cup jinx against arch-rivals India after thrashing the Virat Kohli-led side by 10 wickets in the third match of the ongoing T20 World Cup in Dubai.

Chasing a modest total of 152 runs for victory, Babar (68 not out off 52) and Mohammad Rizwan (79 unbeaten off 55) played brilliantly as the opening duo denied the Indian bowlers any success and helped their side cross the line with 13 balls to spare.

Notably, it is for the first time when Pakistan defeated India in a World Cup match, having lost their all encounters in the past.

The Pakistan opener posted the highest ever partnership for any wicket by any team against India in T20Is and also surpassed the previous best, which was 133 by David Warner and Shane Watson.

Rizwan and Babar also created another record of Pakistan’s best-ever partnership for any wicket against India in T20Is as they surpassed the nine-year-old record created by Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik when they scored 106 runs for the fourth wicket in 2012 at Bangalore.

For India, pacer Mohammed Shami was the most expensive bowler, leaking 43 runs from 3.5 overs.

Pakistan’s Rizwan, meanwhile, also completed 1,500 T20 runs in the ongoing calendar year. He’s only the 2nd Pakistani after Babar Azam to score 1,500 runs in a calendar year.

Earlier put into bat, skipper Kohli (57 off 49 balls) and stumper Rishabh Pant (39 off 30 balls) steadied the ship for India as they duo forged a crucial 53-run partnership for the fourth wicket after the Men in Blue lost three early wickets.

It was the duo’s effort in the middle which somehow helped India to reach 151/7 in the allotted 20 overs.

Put into bat, India was reduced to 36/3 in the power-play as Shaheen Shah Afridi (3/31) jolted the kohli-led side after packing back both the openers – KL Rahul (3) and Rohit Sharma cheaply. Rohit couldn’t even manage to open his account as he was trapped before the wickets by Afridi in the very first over of the match itself.

Later, incoming batter Suryakumar Yadav (11 off 8) hit a maximum off Afridi and swept spinner Imad Wasim for a boundary but his stay at the crease was cut short by Pakistan wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan, who dived to his right to catch a thick edge off Hasan Ali delivery in the final over of the power-play.

Follwoing his dismissal, Kohli was joined by Pant in the middle and the duo led the charge for rebuilding the Indian innings.

While Pant was more aggressive, Kohli kept on rotating the strike.

Just when the duo looked settled in the middle, Pant top-edged a slog delivery of the 13th over by Shadab Khan, who caught the Indian stumper off his own bowling.

After Pant’s dismissal, Kohli took the charge as he slammed four boundaries off Haris Rauf and Hasan Ali en route to his half-century while Ravindra Jadega chipped in with 13 runs off as many deliveries as the men in Blue somehow posted a respectable total on the score board.

For Pakistan, Afridi was the wrecker-in-chief as he returned with impressive figures of 3/31 while Hasan Ali bagged couple of wickets conceding 44 runs. On the other hand, Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf picked one wicket each handing 22 and 25 runs respectively.

Pakistan will next face New Zeland in Sharjah on Tuesday while India will face the Kiwis in their next encounter on October 31.

Brief scores: Pakistan 152/0 (Mohammad Rizwan 79 not out, Babar Azam 68 not out) in 17.5 overs BEAT India 151/7 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 57, Rishabh Pant 39, Shaheen Afridi 3/31, Hasan Ali 2/44) by 10 wickets

Twenty20 specialist Mohammad Hafeez turns down PCB’s central contract offer

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has refused his national cricket board’s central contract offer as he was put in the Category C.

Hafeez, a T20 specialist, was the world’s top scorer in Twenty20 internationals last year. He however, didn’t feature in the recent Twenty20 series against South Africa as he failed to join the squad in its bio-secure bubble in time.

Commenting on Hafeez’s decision, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan in an official statement: “Mohammad Hafeez declined the reward and while I am disappointed, I fully respect his decision. He wants to wait for the PCB Central Contract 2021-22 list, which he is fully entitled to. Hafeez has been one of our star performers of the season and we hope he will carry the form and momentum to Africa.”

Meanwhile, PCB Test Cricketer of the year 2020, Mohammad Rizwan, has been promoted to Category A of the board’s Central Contract List 2020-21.

On the other hand, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan and left-handed batsman Fawad Alam got promotions in the updated list of central contracts. While Rizwan was promoted to category A, Fawad, who had earlier only a domestic cricket contract, was elevated in category C.